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NFL Week 16 Game Recap: Green Bay Packers 26, Miami Dolphins 20

Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) attempts a pass against the Miami Dolphins during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Green Bay Packers intercepted Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa three times in the second half of this Christmas Day contest, helping Aaron Rodgers & Co. to a 26-20 victory.

The win moves the Packers to 7-8 and keeps their postseason hopes alive. The Dolphins have now lost four on the bounce and will need to get things together quickly if they are to stand a chance in January.

Offensive spotlight: Tagovailoa looked in complete control in the first half, completing nine of his 12 attempts for 229 yards (19.1 YPA) and one score.   Despite his 13.3-yard average depth of target, he recorded an adjusted completion percentage of 81.8% and just one turnover-worthy play.

It was an entirely different story in the second half, where he went 7-of-13 for 81 yards (6.2 YPA) and three interceptions. Over the final 30 minutes, his average depth of target shrank to 8.8 yards, but he put up an adjusted completion percentage of just 58.3% and three turnover-worthy plays.

Defensive spotlight: Packers interior defender Jarran Reed seemed to be around the ball all day. He produced four pressures from 16 pass-rush snaps and added three defensive stops against the run.

Rookie spotlight: Packers pass-catcher Christian Watson continued his strong rookie campaign, catching all six of his catchable targets for 49 yards and two first downs to earn what will likely be his fifth 70.0-plus PFF grade of the season.

Offensive line spotlight: Both offensive lines held up well in the passing game, but the Packers' unit was particularly impressive, allowing just five hurries from 42 pass-blocking snaps on the day.

Box Score

Passing
Green Bay Packers
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Sacks Rtg
Aaron Rodgers 14.3 24 / 38 238 6.3 1 1 2 78.6
Miami Dolphins
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Sacks Rtg
Tua Tagovailoa 16.4 16 / 25 310 12.4 1 3 2 80.8
Rushing
Green Bay Packers
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Aaron Rodgers 14.3 7 18 2.6 0 12 0
AJ Dillon 12.8 11 36 3.3 1 11 0
Aaron Jones 5.4 6 25 4.2 0 18 0
Dallin Leavitt 0.0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0
Miami Dolphins
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Tua Tagovailoa 16.4 1 0 0.0 0 0 0
Jeff Wilson Jr. 11.0 9 37 4.1 1 12 0
Raheem Mostert 5.9 8 45 5.6 0 17 1
Receiving
Green Bay Packers
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD Long
AJ Dillon 12.8 3 2 12 4.0 0 7
Marcedes Lewis 11.2 2 2 32 16.0 1 31
Allen Lazard 11.1 11 5 61 5.5 0 42
Christian Watson 10.9 8 6 49 6.1 0 20
Romeo Doubs 6.6 6 3 36 6.0 0 22
Aaron Jones 5.4 2 2 9 4.5 0 7
Patrick Taylor 2.7 1 1 17 17.0 0 17
Robert Tonyan 2.3 2 1 13 6.5 0 13
Randall Cobb 1.5 2 1 5 2.5 0 5
Josiah Deguara 1.4 1 1 4 4.0 0 4
Miami Dolphins
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD Long
Jaylen Waddle 28.3 6 5 143 23.8 1 84
Tyreek Hill 17.3 6 4 103 17.2 0 52
Jeff Wilson Jr. 11.0 2 1 3 1.5 0 3
Raheem Mostert 5.9 3 2 4 1.3 0 2
Trent Sherfield 4.5 2 2 25 12.5 0 15
Mike Gesicki 3.4 2 1 24 12.0 0 24
Durham Smythe 1.8 1 1 8 8.0 0 8
Alec Ingold 0.0 2 0 0 0.0 0 0

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